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Hey – a little something from the Stylesightings mailroom today – some photos and an interview I did with Vogue Girl Korea for their May issue. I was honored to be part of a feature they did on a few street fashion bloggers called “Streetstyle Darlings”. They sent me a few copies so I thought I would post it here so you guys could see it. Oh – and if anyone speaks Korean I would love to know what my response was to questions like “Photographing rule”…haha. (Wait, you mean “make it up as you go along” doesn’t count as a rule?) All kidding aside, I was really excited and flattered that they included me. If you guys would like to read my interview responses in English, I may post all of my answers in the comments to this post. Thanks Vogue Girl! xo eddie

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  • very cool! congrats!!

  • BERNIE

    In Korean, under the topic “PHOTOGRAPHING RULE,” they paraphrased you that “when taking photos you must take lighing factors into consideration. how cloudy or sunny and the weather factor really matters as well as what time of the day it is. Good lighting creates a fantastic photo and likewise bad lighting ruins the photo. If you are lucky and have good lighting, there are no necessary rules and procedures you need to follow. You just need to find the most interesting object that intrigues you to take a photo of…

  • Wow – thanks Bernie! Yep – that’s pretty much what I said – great light and an interesting and stylish subject is mostly all you need. Cool contextual backgrounds can really make your photos stand out from the crowd as well.

  • Congrats on the article, and it was nice to *see* you. I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised, I was expecting a young buck about 25 and you are *well seasoned*. Which explains how your eye and reporting style are so well developed. Thanks also to Bernie for the translation.

  • Well – while you’ve called me “well seasoned” I guess I’ll take consolation in the fact that you’ve also called me “well developed”.

  • Please take no offense, Eddie, I’m a *seasoned* 55 and I’ve only been following your blog for a few months.

  • wow, congrats on getting featured! How exciting. 🙂

  • Congrats!!

  • WOW! How exciting, congratulations! Also, I’ve never seen that umbrella photo of Roitfeld before – such an iconic shot xx

  • Zia

    Talented works.

  • Cool??

  • Cool??

  • Becky

    Your eye and your commentary are excellent — I’m not at all surprised that you and your work are being followed by fashion press globally. Love it.

  • pumpkin

    congrats pumpkin! you’ve earned it.

  • Fuzzy

    Great work eddie!!!!!!!!!!

  • marta

    Well deserved! You deserve much more, of course!

  • hello .!
    it’s from Korea. haha i am Korean girl.
    i just add your blog . !
    i like your blog pics. i enjoy in here. hehe

  • awesome! who doesn’t want to be published in an asian gal’s fashion mag?! good for you!

  • Moon

    Hey, Well done!
    one of them on the photo was my ex flatmate, haha, interesting 🙂

  • Aaaaargh!!! This is so kewl! Well done 🙂 how did they find you? They do not need – by coinsidence – a Dutch redhaired musical girl fom Russia for their next issue, do they? 😉 kiddin’ – I am very happy for you! x Martine

  • Hi – it’s Eddie. So here’s the full Vogue Girl Korea interview in English below…I thought some of you might be curious to know my answers to their questions…but it felt a little silly posting a somewhat lengthy interview on the top page of my blog – hehe. Also, visually speaking, I think long stretches of text just don’t look good on a blog, you know? OK…so here it is…

    1 Tell us your brief profile. (name, character, education, job, location, etc) My name is Eddie Newton. My education – I went to university and received a degree in English Literature. I also attended law school after finishing at university and earned my law degree as well. I passed the licensing exam for law – so I’m actually an attorney believe it or not! I was formerly an intern for the Beastie Boys…and a producer of fashion and celebrity photo shoots…and a fashion show and fashion party DJ before I started shooting photos seriously myself.
    Shooting street fashion photos and doing my blog are actually my full-time job – I’m lucky in that I get paid to do what I love. My home location is New York – but I travel quite a bit and shoot in other cities around the world. Some months during the year I’m hardly in New York at all.

    2 When did you first blogging and why? I started blogging in September of 2007. The reason why is because I was already shooting streetstyle photos as a hobby and was offered a full-time job doing a streetstyle blog.

    3 What is the most fun about blogging and why? Most fun things are travel and making new friends. Also just shooting is fun – on a day when the weather is nice and you are getting good photos.

    4 What is special about your photographs and blog against another? Why? What is special about any street style blog versus another one is the individual taste and skill and creative vision that we all bring to it. Two street fashion bloggers can attend exactly the same event and come away with very different photos – because people are very different, they see things differently, they have different agendas. The camera is really directly connected to your eyes and your mind in a very literal sense. A photograph that you shoot is a little window into your taste and world view and psyche.

    5 What are some things you keep in mind when you photograph? Do you have any street photographing rules? You always want to keep the light in mind – you’re always thinking of the sun, the clouds, the weather, the time of day. Great light can make a photograph – bad light can ruin it. If you are fortunate enough to have great light, then for me there are no rules…find someone really interesting to shoot…that’s it.

    6 What is the best part of working as a street photographer? The best part is that you are not stuck in an office all day. Whichever city you are in – that city is your office.

    7 And how did the experience measure up? Not sure what you mean here…if you mean how does the experience of doing this measure up to what I thought it would be like…well, the actual experience of doing this for a living is much better than you could imagine. Traveling around the world, experiencing different cultures, wandering new and amazing cities, meeting interesting, beautiful, and important people. But also – it is more work than you could ever imagine if you have never done something like this. The internet is on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – your blog is never off. You’re competing against very intelligent and creative and hard-working people. You are all trying to outdo the other – to have the most amazing photos, to get the most hits and the most comments on your site. I’ve slept in airports, on trains, on boats. Sometimes there is a serious lack of sleep in this job.

    8 What did you gain something after street photographer? Not sure what you mean…if you mean what have I gained by being a street photographer? I’ve gained – well, I’ve seen lots of places, lots of cities, that I might not have seen otherwise. I’ve made lots of cool acquaintances and some good friends too. I’ve made a bit of money. I’ve improved my photography skills quite a bit by shooting constantly.

    9 What do people need to wear to get you to notice them? (What kinds of people’s style do you like photograph?) I like to photograph edgy girls. The fashion students, the rockers, the girls who shop flea markets and vintage shops, the girls who mix high street looks with designer. Harajuku girls in Tokyo, Shoreditch and Hoxton girls in London, Lower East Side and Williamsburg girls in New York, Sodermalm and Sofo girls in Stockholm. Almost anything could get you noticed as long as you do something individual to set yourself apart from the herd. Being extremely colorful or costume-y however is not interesting to me – I don’t like to photograph fashion clowns and obvious attention-seekers. Set yourself apart in a tasteful and modern and somewhat subtle way. Also, I always notice a great pair of shoes on a girl – who doesn’t? Great shoes will surely get you photographed if I’m around!

    10 What is your favorite street photograph? Well, I’ve shot hundreds of thousands of photos so I have lots of personal favorites! It doesn’t necessarily have to be a great photograph to be a personal favorite. Each photo brings up memories of the experience for me – where it was shot, what the person said to me, what they were wearing, how difficult or easy it was. My favorite recent photo is one that I shot of Carine Roitfeld in the rain as she was leaving the Ferragamo show during Milan Fashion Week.

    11 Who is your favorite fashion people (or muse), and why? I love Carine Roitfeld – she’s very chic and very smart but also not pretentious – she’s down to earth. Top models I love are Elisa Sednaoui, Lara Stone, and Kate Moss. I love it-girls like Leigh Lezark and Cory Kennedy. But mostly I just love the anonymous muses I shoot everyday. My blog is not really about shooting notables or well-known fashion industry people or editors. I like anonymous street muses – the hipsters, the fashion students, the fashion junkies, the thrift store shoppers. I don’t really want to know who you are or what you do or where you shop. I like the mystery of a stunning girl appearing as I round the corner…I shoot her photo…and then she disappears again. And I’m left standing there thinking, “Who WAS that amazing girl?”

    12 You’ve traveled in London, New York, Milan, and Paris. . . What do you like and dislike about each city? And what is your favorite travel destination? I love the edgy kids and their DIY style in London – the food and shopping and nightlife there are also second to none. I love the 24 hour nature of New York. New York is a wonderful and exciting city in many ways but when you travel what you really notice is how nowhere “works” as well as NYC does. It’s really the only city I’ve experienced where it’s just as easy to get a taxi at 3am as it is at 3pm, it’s easy to find a late night meal, it’s easy to get something repaired or replaced if you break it. Every other city seems just a little bit difficult or provincial compared to NYC. Milan – I’m a big fan of Italian culture and food. Paris – I love shooting street fashion in Les Tuileries, shopping at Kiliwatch, catching a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower from a taxi. My favorite places to travel to – my favorite city to travel to is London, my favorite beach/summer place is Capri. I also love Tokyo, Sydney, and Stockholm.

    13 What is your upcoming project? My upcoming project is just to continue to improve as a photographer and to make my blog the best it can be and to increase awareness of it. I also hope to work with more magazines and maybe do a book someday.

    14 Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Very hard to say – but hopefully walking down the street somewhere going, “Excuse me, would you mind if I take your picture?”

  • Dani

    Eddie! I have been following your blog since i met you in london almost a year ago! It is refreshing and inspiring to see where you have been and the wonderful people you’ve come across! Congrats on the article & good luck with everything!
    xx Dani

  • hb

    is rain ever a factor?

  • Rain can be a huge factor. If there are extended periods of rain – which can certainly happen in most fashionable cities – NYC, London, Paris, Milan – you run the risk of not having any quality photos to post. Also, if you’ve paid to travel somewhere, and then it’s rainy for say a week or so, it can have a big impact on the amount of photos you get versus the time and money you put into the travel. On the positive side, if it rains a bit and stops, which happens often, then you can get some really unusual light – which can make photos look better than direct sunlight.

  • hb

    I heard that it’s going to rain in new york tomorrow…
    it’s interesting to know that there are so many factors that go into producing great photography 🙂

  • Sue Kang

    Hi, Eddie!!

    Lovely to read your interview.
    I have to buy the teenvogue.

    I started to see your blog when I was in New york and took street pics as a part-time job. Your Pics reminds me of my Newyork life.

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